Google+

The Real Stars May Just Be On the NCAA Court

 

The Real Stars May Just Be On the NCAA Court

by Amy Lignor

 

Everyone talks about LeBron James retiring. They discuss Kobe Bryant every minute of the day. Steph Curry and his 3-point magic is called out by ESPN constantly. Now, talk of the All-Star Game is all the rage – even if it matters not one iota in the big picture. But what UConn, NCAA women's basketball, Geno Auriemma, winning streakmany are slowly talking about, and should be, is a college women’s basketball team that seems to have been the “best of the best” since a bright star shone in the sky one “divine” night.

 

Now, we all know that college (hopefully for most), is four years and out. The graduation cap and gown ceremony is held and life moves on. But for one team it seems like every single year the freshman walking through the school doors are exactly like the seniors walking out when it comes to their skills on the basketball court.

 

Perhaps it’s something in Connecticut’s water supply, but the ladies of UConn have now beat Temple 85-60 to give the Huskies’ their 61st straight win. UConn hasn’t actually lost to Temple since the 1981-82 season, so this comes as no real shock. However, this win does come after beating No. 2 South Carolina and handing them their first loss of the season, 66-54.

 

No matter how much research you do in regards to the UConn Huskies NCAA women’s team, the list of wins, championships, incredible games, and absolute basketball “stars” that came out of their program is endless. Currently a part of the American Athletic Conference, which is the successor to the Big East Conference, this team has accumulated 10 NCAA Division I national championships and, in less stellar years, have still advanced to the 16 Final Fours and won 40+ Big East/AAC regular season and tournament championships. And when you talk about fan participation, this is the team that has led in basketball attendance, and graduated not only Olympians but also WNBA All-Stars.

 

For those that follow the basketball world, there are other big names engrossed in the NCAA, but it is the UConn Huskies that can claim the longest win streak in college basketball history at 90 games. Going 39-0 (2008–09) and capping it off by winning the school’s 6th national championship, they came back in 2009–10 to do it all over again, snagging their 7th national title.

 

It’s not just UConn fans who see the brilliance of this team. It was Sports Illustrated, when selecting the top 25 sports franchises of the decade that picked the women as number three on their list. Considering four professional sports (NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL), along with three college sports, it was only the NFL’s Patriots and NBA’s Lakers that scored higher than the college’s glowing basketball team. And with their alumni moving easily into stardom, it is no wonder that UConn is a staple in the sports world and a must-see college prospect for basketball players, fans and wannabes.

 

Head Coach Geno Auriemma has been behind almost all of the UConn women’s glory. And when you ask what he’s done for them lately? They are currently, yet again, going through an undefeated season and have now placed their 61st win on the books. Will they be able to hit a historic 91-game winning streak before this is all over? We shall see.

 

Even the All-Stars LeBron, Kobe and Steph, all together, haven’t reached that point yet.

 

Entertainment

For movies opening December 2, 2016

  OPENING THIS WEEK Kam's Kapsules Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun by Kam Williams For movies opening December 2, 2016     BIG BUDGET FILMS Incarnate (PG-13 for terror, profanity, disturbing images, intense violence, sensuality and mature themes) Horror flick about an unconventional exorcist (Aaron Eckhart) who meets his match while attempting to free the mind of an 11 year-old (David Mazouz) possessed by a vicious demon. With Carice Van … [Read More its Good for You...]

Books

Volume 2 of Yes Sir, Yes Sir, 3 Bags Full! – You Do NOT Want to Miss This

  Volume 2 of Yes Sir, Yes Sir, 3 Bags Full! – You Do NOT Want to Miss This Book Review by Amy Lignor What began in an unforgettable Volume 1—living Jerry Hall’s story and dealing with the heart-wrenching issues of the Viet Nam* War—continues here. The action of battle, fraught with the unending horrors that the “unwanted veterans” dealt with, grows even more painful. And as war comes closer to an end, what should have been peaceful thoughts of returning home alive … [Read More its Good for You...]

Art

The Day After the Day Of

  The Day After the Day Of by Paul Ilechko   The sky sheds its tears. This morning is the morning of the day after. The day of mourning, the day after the day of. I beseech the sky to shed tears in order to wash away the tears on my face.   This is the first day of the time after. This is the beginning of a new time, the days of pain, the days of sorrow. We are in mourning. The sky looks down and sheds its tears for us. … [Read More its Good for You...]

Real Estate

Castles in America

  Castles in America by Amy Lignor   Robin Leach and his “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” taught us all long ago that we absolutely love to sit and view ridiculous luxury (usually owned by people who inherited all of it and didn’t work a day in their lives). See that? We had to complain about something as we were beguiled by the amount of money people would send to own or create the “best of the best.” Even though some things were referred to as the “gaudiest of … [Read More its Good for You...]

Lifestyle

Inside WildAid

  Inside WildAid by Amy Lignor   Donations can be made. Time can be volunteered. There are a great number of charities, organizations and hard workers out there who strive with everything they have to save the animals of the world. The National Wildlife Administration, the World Wildlife Federation – these are just two leaders that help keep our beloved species’ on the map. There is also an organization whose sole mission is to end illegal wildlife trade NOW, … [Read More it Good for You...]

Outdoors

Skeeter Boats Comes Up with Cure for Cabin Fever

  Skeeter Boats Comes Up with Cure for Cabin Fever By Craig Lamb   If you are overdosing on TV fishing shows, mindlessly flipping through tackle catalogs, or feeling down and don’t know why, then you are not alone. Count yourself among most of the fishermen in the entire country. We have cabin fever. It’s common this time of year when hunting and football overtake wetting a line on the list of weekend priorities. Or, it’s just plain too chilly and the days too short … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

The Best & Worst (So Far) of the 2016 NFL Season

  The Best & Worst (So Far) of the 2016 NFL Season by Amy Lignor     Okay…we’re almost dead center, folks, so it’s time to sum up the best and silliest actions and reactions that the 2016 NFL season has provided fans thus far.   Analysts are always yapping, and most likely nothing they say will actually come true. However, right now almost everyone is agreeing to the fact that Tom Brady has a score to settle. Yes, he’s smiling for the cameras … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

Charity Begins at Home

  Charity Begins at Home by Amy Lignor   Turning a blind eye is easy for some; preferred by others. But the fact is that the bad doesn’t become good – in any area – unless eyes are open wide to not only see what’s occurring, but also to gain the knowledge needed to stop the bad from getting even worse. Remarks are made about “other countries” and what they do wrong when it comes to the harming of animals for profit. However, in order to have this loathsome … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Exploring the Holidays Around the Globe

  Exploring the Holidays Around the Globe by Amy Lignor   Thanksgiving has been had. Games have been watched and the golden turkey has caused a great many belts to be loosened. So…here it comes!   From hanging the stockings on the chimney with care to the red-nosed reindeer who had to be there; from Santa heading down that chimney just right to lovely sleigh bells ringing softly in the night, the holiday season is a truly wonderful thing for all ages. And, no, … [Read More its Good for You...]

Google+